Department Traditional Affairs (DTA)


Inclusive, cohesive, developed and sustainable traditional and interfaith communities.


Informed by the NDP, MTSF (Government Outcomes), the Department’s mission is to transform, develop and promote cohesiveness and sustainability of traditional and interfaith communities through:

  • Developing, implementing, monitoring and reviewing traditional affairs legislation, policies, norms and standards.
  • Monitoring and providing support to the institution in its administration of the affairs of traditional communities in accordance with customs and traditions.
  • Developing mechanisms for structures of traditional leadership to support municipalities in the identification of community needs.
  • Facilitating the involvement of traditional communities in the development or amendment of IDPs within their areas.
  • Monitoring and providing support to the structures of traditional leadership in their participation and promotion of development and service delivery within their communities.
  • Monitoring the participation of structures of traditional leadership in the development of policy and legislation at local level.
  • Monitoring the participation of structures of traditional leadership in the development programmes of municipalities, provincial and national spheres of government.
  • Monitoring the promotion of the ideals of cooperative governance, integrated development planning, sustainable development and service delivery by structures of traditional leadership;
  • Monitoring the promotion of indigenous knowledge systems by the institution of traditional leadership and ensuring that they are in accordance with Constitutional principles.
  • Developing appropriate policies, legislation, norms, standards, systems and regulatory framework governing traditional affairs.
  • Coordinating the interfaith sector to promote social cohesion and nation-building.


Community and development-oriented, Accountability, Professionalism, Integrity, Excellence, Respect, Teamwork, Information sharing and communication.


Important Contacts:

Deputy Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Mr Obed Bapela

Postal Address:

Private Bag X802, PRETORIA, 0001

Street Address:

87 Hamilton Street, Arcadia, PRETORIA, 0001



Name & Surname Position E-mail Phone
Mr Sifiso Ngcobo Head of Office Tel: 012 334 0926

Cell: 071 421 9592

Ms. Unathi Sityaya Personal Assistant Tel: 012 334 0827

Cell: 079 325 4795

Office of the Director-General: Mr Mashwahle Diphofa

Office Manager

Ms. Charlotte More

Tel: 012 334 5859

Mobile: 079 872 5996



Ms. Anna Maluleke Personal Assistant Tel: 012 334 4981

Cell: 083 647 6167

Mr. Clifford Mogatjane Parliamentary Officer Tel: 012 334 4973


Ms. Modiegi Madiga Communications Tel: 012 395 4791

Cell: 0828225878

Mr. Machupe Nkadimeng Finance Tel: 012 334 4982


Ms. Edith Ngubeni Procurement Tel: 012 334 0652


Mr. Abram Sithole CEO: National House of Traditional Leaders (NHTL) Tel: 012 334 4910

Cell: 071 600 7917